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May 9th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â Through all the early-season struggles he endured, Alex Hassan never once thought about reinventing the wheel, i.e. tweaking his batting stance or adjusting his hands on the bat, the kind of wholesale changes that no doubt creep into a playerâs mind whenever things arenât going well.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox were able to dodge the raindrops Tuesday night. The same cannot be said of the Rochester Red Wings.
Buoyed by 5 2/3 innings of strong pitching by Liam Hendriks, the Red Wings grounded the PawSox, 3-1, before 3,325 rain-free fans at McCoy Stadium. The forecast called for a major weather disturbance to arrive at some point during the game, but the precipitation was able to hold off long enough that the teams were able to get this one in.
PAWTUCKET â Say this about the Boston Red Sox â the organization is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to commemorating the centennial anniversary of Fenway Park.
As part of the season-long celebration, the Sox have set aside this month as a prime chance to revisit some of the ballparkâs most spine-tingling moments and salute the players primarily responsible for creating them.
BURRILLVILLE -- The DâAntuono brother tandem of sophomore Mike and junior Matt wanted desperately for Burrillville High to post a spirited victory over St. Raphael Academy on Tuesday afternoon.
They did their part, as both assembled straight-set victories over the Saintsâ No. 1 and 2 representatives, seniors Sam Reinhardt and Juan Bedoya, respectively.
Perhaps a half hour after Mike had mustered a 6-1, 6-0 win over Reinhardt and Matt dispatched Bedoya, 6-1, 6-1, however, the rain became steadier, though the remaining players wanted to continue their assaults on winning.
PAWTUCKET â In true maddening fashion, Daisuke Matsuzaka nibbled and nibbled some more in his rehab start Monday, which saw the Pawtucket Red Sox post a 4-0 victory. Facing a free-swinging Rochester outfit, Matsuzaka lasted just 4 2/3 innings, with 49 of his 87 pitches going for strikes.
PAWTUCKET â To many Red Sox fans, Daisuke Matsuzaka has always been a man of mystery. Granted, the language barrier has made it next to impossible for the American populous to get a firm handle on the Japanese import, yet judging by the heavy media turnout for Matsuzakaâs rehab outing for the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday, the right-handed pitcher is still very much a big deal in his native land.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Lynn Miller calls it âuncannyâ how the scores of her Bowling Academy Major Division All-Stars, a quintet of high school- and college-aged kids, improve the more important the event.
When they're competing in regular house leagues, they all roll rather pedestrian numbers, ânothing to write home about.
In the year-plus quest that has taken Ryan Kalish to the far reaches of dealing with injuries and back again, the Red Sox outfield prospect has learned that itâs best to not get his spirits up too much or sink too low. On the subject of looking ahead, i.e. placing a definitive date on when he might return to game action, Kalish prefers to stay in the moment.
When team officials inform Kalish that heâs passed every single checkpoint, only then will he be allowed to vacate the Fort Myers, Fla. premise thatâs served as his holding cell for some time now.
WOONSOCKET â Two teams heading in opposite directions met up Friday with Mount St. Charles maintaining its winning ways courtesy of a come-from-behind 5-3 triumph at Lincoln Highâs expense.
Now winners of three of its last four, MSC hung on a four-spot on visiting Lincoln in the home portion of the sixth, erasing what was a 3-1 deficit. The inning began innocently enough with Taylor Sutherland reaching on an error with Dan Glod singling to make it first and second.
PAWTUCKET â According to head coach Craig Giarrusso, his Tolman High squad more than felt the effects of its first defeat of the season, a 4-3 decision to previously-unbeaten host East Greenwich, on Wednesday afternoon.
Just 24 hours after, the Tigers took on Exeter/West Greenwich in another Division II crossover tilt at Slater Park's Bailey Field, and looked a bit dazed through the first four-plus frames.
Call it a case of allâs well that ends well as Aaron Cook is officially a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Reached Wednesday night, Joe Bick, Cookâs agent, says he went ahead and filed the necessary âopt-out notificationâ paperwork shortly after the clock struck midnight and the calendar read May 2, one day following the May 1 opt-out clause that the veteran pitcher had written into the minor-league deal he signed back in January.
PROVIDENCE â It seems like almost yesterday, but it was on Oct. 14, 2006 when Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. presented a marquee intracity duel between Providence super middleweights and bitter rivals Peter Manfredo Jr. and Joe âThe K.O. Kidâ Spina that generated a ton of buzz across the state and packed the Dunkinâ Donuts Center.
PAWTUCKET â With the St. Raphael Academy boys' volleyball team trailing 17-10 in the third, and what proved to be the final, game Tuesday night, head coach April Oberhelman called a timeout to discuss strategy.
After she finished her soliloquy, junior Steve Carvalho and senior Connor Harrington began stomping to their own version of Queen's âWe Will Rock You.â
Stomp, stomp, clap! Stomp, stomp, clap!
Team statistician Pauline Tougas, whose son, senior John Tougas, co-captains the squad with junior Brandon Dasilveira, turned around, laughing.
BOSTON â For Aaron Cook and the Red Sox, D-Day â as in Decision Day â is at hand.
With Tuesday marking May 1, the day in which Cookâs minor-league opt-out clause officially takes effect, Boston must decide whether to promote the veteran pitcher and place him on the active roster or risk losing him to free agency. Reached Monday night, Joe Bick, the agent for Cook, spelled out a step-by-step process that included all involved parties.
BOSTON â The sight of Josh Reddick sporting a green and gold Oakland Aâs uniform inside Fenway Park Monday night only further augments the idea that not every drafted-and-developed Red Sox type has a seat waiting for him at the parent clubâs table.
LINCOLN -- Davies Tech head coach Scott Cooper and assistant Joe Handy have spent a lot of time working on their squadâs base-running skills over the past month or so, and it showed â and then some â on Monday afternoon.
The Patriots turned singles into doubles or more, robbed four bases and registered three runs on wild pitches to snag a 10-0 âmercy ruleâ victory over Bishop Keough at the Daviesâ diamond.
The checklist of what to keep tabs on during college basketballâs offseason used to be simple and straightforward. You would look at the pool of underclassmen declaring to take their game to the next level by applying for the NBA Draft, which in turn sparks debate as to whether the decision made is foolhardy or correct.
WEST WARWICK â Tolman High passed its latest test with flying colors.
After West Warwick had rallied for three runs in the last of the sixth inning to knot Saturdayâs Division II crossover contest at 5-all, Tolman responded by pushing across the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh in an eventual 6-5 Tiger victory. Tolman improves to 8-0 in II-Central while W.W. falls to 4-2 in II-Central.
EAST PROVIDENCE -- Immediately after the loss, and the post-game handshakes, head coach Rob Traverse followed his East Providence High squadron out to right field and spent at least 10 minutes talking with them.
Once finished, he not only described how he felt about his Towniesâ suffering a 10-0 Division I crossover defeat to still-unbeaten Lincoln High at Pierce Field on blustery Friday afternoon, but also gave his take on Lindsay Mayer, the Lionsâ premier junior righthander.
PAWTUCKET â St. Raphael Academy had just committed seven sloppy errors en route to a 6-2 loss to North Kingstown High at Vets Park on drizzly Thursday, but veteran mentor Tom Sorrentine remained remarkably upbeat afterward.
âDefensively, we just didn't make the plays, but â honestly â I think we're getting better as a team,â he confessed. âYeah, we made a lot of errors, but we're improving. I think we're getting better as we move along in the season.